Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and the second film to be directed by McQuarrie following Rogue Nation. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin, all of whom reprise their roles from previous films, along with Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett, who join the franchise. In the film, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team must track down stolen plutonium while being monitored by a CIA agent (Cavill) after a mission goes awry.
Talks for a sixth Mission: Impossible film began prior to the release of Rogue Nation in 2015. The film was officially announced in November 2015, with McQuarrie confirming his return as writer and director, as well as producer alongside J. J. Abrams and Cruise, the seventh collaboration between the pair. Filming took place from April 2017 to March 2018, in Paris, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout had its world premiere in Paris on July 12, 2018 and was released in the United States on July 27, 2018. It was the first in the series to be released in RealD 3D, and also had an IMAX release. The film was a box office success, grossing $791 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018, Cruise’s highest-grossing film to date, and the highest-grossing film in the franchise, surpassing Ghost Protocol. It received critical acclaim for its screenplay, direction, acting, cinematography, action sequences, stunts and musical score, with many critics calling it the best installment in the franchise and some regarding it as one of the greatest action films of all time.
Two years after Solomon Lane’s capture,[N 1] the remains of his organization The Syndicate are now a rogue terrorist group called the Apostles. IMF agent Ethan Hunt is assigned to intercept three stolen Russian plutonium cores in Berlin before the Apostles can sell them to fundamentalist John Lark. He’s joined by Benji Dunn and Luther Stickell for the mission, but the mission fails when Stickell is taken hostage and Hunt’s attempt to save him allows the Apostles to gain hold of the plutonium. The team capture nuclear weapons expert Nils Debruuk, learning that he built three portable nuclear weapons for the Apostles.
Furious at the IMF’s failure to secure the plutonium, CIA Director Erica Sloane instructs Special Activities Division operative August Walker to shadow Hunt as he attempts to retrieve the plutonium. After performing a HALO jump into Paris, Hunt and Walker infiltrate a nightclub party where Lark is believed to be buying the cores from arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as White Widow. They track a man whom they suspect to be Lark but he is killed when MI6 agent Ilsa Faust intervenes, who reveals that contract killers have been hired to kill Mitsopolis. As a result of Faust’s intervention, Hunt is forced to impersonate Lark and warns Mitsopolis about the assassins. However, Walker passes doctored evidence on to Sloane suggesting that Hunt has always been Lark and the man killed by Faust was a decoy.
To secure the plutonium, Mitsopolis tasks Hunt with extracting Lane from an armoured convoy moving through Paris. She provides one of the plutonium cores as a payment in kind for the mission. Hunt and Walker attack the convoy, leading the police and Mitsopolis’ men on a chase across Paris while Dunn and Stickell secure Lane. Faust reappears and attempts to kill Lane to prove her loyalty to MI6, but the extraction is successful and Mitsopolis instructs the team to deliver Lane to London.
At a safehouse in London, IMF Secretary Alan Hunley confronts Hunt about being John Lark. Hunt denies it and incapacitates him to continue the mission. The team trick Walker into admitting he is the real Lark and inform Sloane, who instructs a CIA unit to detain everyone. However, the CIA unit has been compromised by the Apostles, and Walker orders them to attack instead. After Walker kills Hunley and escapes, Hunt chases him across the city, but is unable to apprehend him. Walker threatens the life of Hunt’s estranged wife Julia and departs for a medical camp in Kashmir with Lane.
The team deduces that Lane plans to detonate the two remaining nuclear weapons over the Siachen Glacier, contaminating the water supply of Pakistan, India, and China; with a third of its population affected, the world will descend into anarchy from which Lane hopes a new world order will emerge. Hunt finds Walker has arranged for Julia to be assigned to the medical camp, increasing the pressure on him. Lane activates the weapons and gives the detonator to Walker, who Hunt follows in a helicopter, leaving Dunn, Stickell, and Faust to find the weapons on their own. Stickell and Julia find the first bomb and work to understand its mechanism, but they are unable to defuse it without the detonator. Faust and Dunn locate the second weapon and subdue an attacking Lane. After a lengthy chase, Hunt uses his helicopter to ram Walker’s aircraft out of the sky. Walker, disfigured, duels Hunt on the edge of a cliff, but is killed when Hunt drops the helicopter’s support hook into him. Hunt secures the detonator, allowing Stickell, Faust, and Dunn to deactivate the bombs.
In the aftermath, the remaining two cores are safely recovered. Sloane hands Lane over to MI6 through the Mitsopolis, with Faust earning her exoneration from the organization as a result. Hunt recovers from his injuries with Julia’s help, who consoles him that he has given her the best life, despite his commitments to the IMF. Faust then comes over to his side with the rest of the team. When Dunn asks how close they were, Ethan replies “the usual”, urging the team not to make him laugh.
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an IMF agent and leader of a team of operatives
Henry Cavill as August Walker / John Lark, a CIA assassin working for the Special Activities Division tasked with monitoring Ethan and his team
Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, an IMF agent and a member of Hunt’s team
Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, an IMF technical field agent and a member of Hunt’s team
Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, a former MI6 agent who allied with Hunt’s team during Rogue Nation
Sean Harris as Solomon Lane, an anarchist mastermind who was the leader of the Syndicate during Rogue Nation
Angela Bassett as Erica Sloane, the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency replacing Hunley, and Walker’s superior
Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis, a black market arms dealer also known as the White Widow
Michelle Monaghan as Julia Meade, a doctor and Ethan’s estranged wife
Wes Bentley as Erik, Julia’s second husband
Frederick Schmidt as Zola Mitsopolis, Alanna’s brother and primary enforcer
Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley, a former CIA Director who later became the new IMF Secretary at the end of Rogue Nation
Additionally, director Christopher McQuarrie provides his voice for Ethan’s mission tape in Belfast. Liang Yang portrays the decoy John Lark, a man who was presumed to possess the alias “John Lark”. Kristoffer Joner portrays Nils Delbruuk, a rogue nuclear weapons specialist. Wolf Blitzer makes a cameo appearance as himself before it’s revealed to be Benji, as he pulls the mask from his face.
|Directed by||Christopher McQuarrie|
|Written by||Christopher McQuarrie|
|Based on||Mission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
|Music by||Lorne Balfe|
|Edited by||Eddie Hamilton|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$791 million|